• Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.

    Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.

  • We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.

    We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.

  • Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.

    Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.

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- Ms KS v Mr AM 2018 (1) SACR 240 (GJ)

Introduction
Section 7(1) and (2) of the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 provides as follows:

“7. Court’s powers in respect of protection order

(1) The court may, by means of a protection order referred to in section 5 or 6 [of Act 116 of 1998], prohibit the respondent from -

(a) committing any act of domestic violence;

(b) enlisting the help of another person to commit any such act;

(c) entering a residence shared by the complainant and the respondent: provided that the court may impose this prohibition only if it appears to be in the best interests of the complainant;

(d) entering a specified part of such a shared residence;

(e) entering the complainant’s residence;

(f) entering the complainant’s place of employment;

(g) preventing the complainant who ordinarily lives or lived in a shared residence as contemplated in subparagraph (c) supra] from entering or remaining in the shared residence or a specified part of the shared residence; or

(h) committing any other act as specified in the protection order.

(2) The court may impose any additional conditions which it deems reasonably necessary to protect and provide for the safety, health or well-being of the complainant, including an order -

(a) to seize any arm or dangerous weapon in the possession or under the control of the respondent, as contemplated in section 9 [of Act 116 of 1998]; and
(b) that a peace officer must accompany the complainant to a specified place to assist with arrangements regarding the collection of personal property.”

(Particulars in square brackets inserted by Pollex.)

Note that in what follows now, the “complainant” is Ms KS and the “respondent” is Mr AM.

Discussion
Ms KS and Mr AM had an intimate relationship which began after they met during May 2014. During January 2015 Ms KS came to know that Mr AM was in fact a married man. After an uninvited visit by the wife of Mr AM and two of her friends to Ms KS, the latter terminated her relationship with Mr AM.

Mr AM, however, refused to accept the termination of the relationship by Ms KS. Mr AM then started to make telephonic threats to Ms KS and through text messages. Mr AM also created a Facebook account during July 2015, by which he befriended Ms KS’s friends and sent text messages of a defamatory nature about Ms KS.

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[This is only an extract of a discussion published in Pollex legal column in Servamus: November 2019 on p 64. If you are interested in obtaining the rest of the discussion, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (012) 345 4660 to find out how. Ed.]

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